Malegaon accused alleges torture

Incarcerated Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has now urged President Pratibha Patil to order a probe against Maharashtra ATS officials for allegedly keeping her in illegal detention for about two weeks and subjecting her to third degree torture before making her an accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case.

In a letter to the President from a central jail in Mumbai, the blast accused has also urged Patil to direct the National Human Rights Commission to conduct an impartial inquiry into her allegations against the officials of Maharashtra Anti-terrorist squad.

Thakur has alleged that the ATS officials, while keeping her in illegal custody, “brutally” beaten her several times, subjected her to various types of tortures and verbal abuse, which were “indecent” for any woman.

“I often fell unconscious and suffered from stomach pain and disorders because of the brutal treatment,” she alleged.

Thakur claimed that she brought her ordeals to the notice of the court in detail and sought an inquiry against the police officials concerned but no action has so far been taken so far.

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